Smart Schools: Implementation and Management (5 Municipal Schools/20 Classrooms on Pilot)
Jabalpur Smart City Limited (JSCL) in its endeavor to improve the quality of education delivery at Municipal schools have implemented Smart School System in Jabalpur. The idea of the project was to implement Smart Schools equipped with School Management System, Learning Management System, Safety Management, Classroom Infrastructure and IT Infrastructure which leads to significant improvement in quality of education.
Key objective of this project is to make sure that no child is left behind in the race of socio-economic transformation and that everyone can have access to learning which is also mandated as one of the fundamental rights. Besides regular learning and required syllabus teaching, students can take advantage of technology enabled modes of learning and co-curricular activities like socio-cultural events, heritage, sports, environment and other areas related to learning and development.
Following are targeted to be the major goals of the Smart School project:
- Harness the use of technology for improving the overall reach and quality of education in Municipal Schools
- ICT enabled learning to boost up the rural education system
- To enable access to quality education through provision of teaching and learning tools
- Allow expert teachers to share lectures/classes across various municipal schools in real time thus broadening of quality education for a larger student base
The project was completed on 15/03/2028 and after a thorough User Acceptance Test (UAT), project went live on 30/03/2018.
It is imperative to employ ICT in education to improve learning outcomes and incorporate communication technologies pervasive in all aspects of students’ lives. Review of existing research illustrated the extensive impact of ICT in education around the world. Based on the driving need to incorporate ICT in education, our main concern was to assess the feasibility of applying ICT in Government and Municipal schools of Jabalpur. Specifically, we examined five main issues:
i. The most applicable areas for ICT
ii. The current conditions, ICT equipment and resources
iii. The current teaching and learning methodology
iv. The barriers to using ICT
v. The factors that facilitate the use ICT in secondary schools
The results identified the important areas ICT can be applied to in the schools. The results stressed that the current (before implementation) conditions, equipment and resources for the application of ICT in schools were not sufficient or appropriate for the successful application of ICT schools, and the teachers also listed and ranked conditions, equipment and resources that they considered essential to the future of ICT in schools. The barriers to ICT are corroborated by the teachers, suggesting that these issues, if unresolved, may hinder future deployment of education at the schools along with teacher and student development.
Prior to the implementation of this project, Municipal schools in Jabalpur lacked both; infrastructure and technology to deliver quality education to students. Following are few issues Jabalpur was facing in its education system:
• Students were dependent on traditional ways of learning from textbooks and there are hardly any reference books available in school libraries to improve knowledge and boost creativity
• IT labs were outdated and almost nonoperational at most municipal schools. They lacked necessary infrastructure and computer systems
• Present education methods lack in providing insights regarding the topics being taught and their relevance in a practical scenario
• Teachers had no means to develop new content and were dependent on traditional books and blackboard system to teach
• Majority of the schools are at security risk as they have no security and surveillance system in place
• There was no system in place to store and maintain students’ and staff’s information
• Schools lacked IT infrastructure to support e-learning methodologies
Based on the findings of the study, the idea of Smart Schools came into existence and following suggestions were made to pave the way for applying ICT in Government and Municipal schools of Jabalpur:
• Expand accessible communication networks
• Effective and useful planning and policy-making for the extensive use of ICT as secondary schools
• Improve the computer and internet knowledge and skills of teachers and students
• Motivate teachers and educate staff to support ICT-enabled environments
• Equip schools with a variety of necessary computer and IT infrastructure hardware
• Encourage teachers and students to use ICT facilities
• Provide facilities like digital libraries, IT labs, digital classrooms and equipment for students’ and teachers’ use
• Acculturate the new mode of teaching and learning with effective digital content
Details of Solution (250 Words)
A smart classroom consists of several components to form an interactive and interesting learning environment that enrich the teaching methods and develop the students’ skills and raise their academic level and allow them to participate more in the learning process. Overall, the smart classroom consists of the following components. These components are from an educational technology perspective and the innovation and pedagogical change management will add the dimensions of real ‘smartness’:
–Interactive smart whiteboard.
–Central Studio (Classroom and multimedia control center)
–Computers and Mobile computing that serve the students inside or outside the classroom.
–Audio/video elements such as data show, projectors and recording systems.
–Classroom management system; which is highly eﬃcient software that allows the teacher to have full control of the smart classroom components and students’ equipment.
The smart classroom components interact with the other components of the e-learning system to form a unique learning environment that will cause a quantum leap in education in Jabalpur city and will contribute eﬀectively to move towards the 21st century education. The proposed smart model in this work incorporates all the essential components of a smart classroom including, the multidimensional learning space, integrated levels, technologies, innovation and change management.
A smart school could host classes online with the help of various Learning management systems and would not have the need of owning a classroom at all. The smart school also incorporates all the available tools & facilities to assist the management and create an ecosystem for improved learning.
Scope of Implementation
In the pilot phase, Implementation of Smart Classrooms has been done in 20 classrooms across 5 Municipal Schools in Jabalpur. The scope of implementation consists of the following:
1. Smart School Management System in all schools, which includes Visitor Management System and Student Information Management System
2. Digital Classrooms with Learning Management System
3. Digital Libraries with Library Management System
4. IT Infrastructure – One Central Studio, Digital Classrooms, IT Labs and Digital Libraries with library management system setup containing computer hardware, software and connected accessories like CCTV, Wi-Fi, Biometric attendance system etc.
6. Content Development Tool for teachers to create and publish new content for students to learn